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State Budget Update

 


campus-wide Budget updates 

 

July 15, 2011
Dear Members of the Edinboro University Community:

I take this opportunity to update you on our university’s financial situation based upon the state budget recently enacted by the Legislature and signed by the Governor as well as the actions by the PASSHE Board of Governors regarding tuition for 2011-12. State and federal funding for PASSHE was reduced by $90 million, or approximately $802 per full-time student.

As PASSHE Chancellor John Cavanaugh stated on numerous occasions throughout the lengthy budget process, we were not going to ask our students and their families to bear the entire burden of this reduction in state funding.  In light of this, the PASSHE Board of Governors voted to hold tuition to a $436 increase.  Although this is a larger increase than in recent years, our annual tuition will still be among the lowest of all four-year colleges and universities in Pennsylvania, and well below the national average among all public institutions. Edinboro University is also committed to increasing our allocation of dollars dedicated to need-based aid to help those students with the largest unmet need. 

When all is said and done, the reduction in state and federal funds, coupled with the tuition increase approved by the Board of Governors, leaves Edinboro University with a budget deficit of approximately $3.6 million for the 2011-12 year. This funding gap represents a serious challenge for Edinboro University and will require that we not only think differently about how we operate, but also focus our efforts on student success and regional economic vitality. A key component to address this $3.6 million shortfall is engaging the Edinboro community in the process. Starting today, the Edinboro University Planning Committee will begin reviewing priorities to maintain academic quality for our students, to identify where reductions and efficiencies can be realized, and where Edinboro needs to invest resources for student success.

Our deliberations over the next few months will establish a framework for taking the necessary hard look at restructuring and downsizing, while at the same time compromising neither academic quality nor affordability. Reductions in budgets will be focused and will not be made "across-the-board;" there are no simple solutions and no simple formulas. Resource allocations must support our strategic initiatives and preserve the momentum we have realized over the past few years.

As we work together to review our priorities, I will continue to provide you with timely and relevant updates to assure that all members of the Edinboro community are informed of this planning process and the actions that will be a direct result of that process. I deeply appreciate and value your efforts in putting our students and their success first in all things. I am confident that working together, we can and will get through this difficult financial time while maintaining our unique “Edinboro Experience.”

Jim Moran, Interim President


 

March 11, 2011
Dear Members of the Campus Community:

The 2011-12 budget proposal for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education slated for the most dramatic appropriation cut in its history. We were well-aware that PASSHE would face a reduction in funding in the new budget year, but Governor Tom Corbett’s proposed 50 percent cut for PASSHE is indeed troubling news.

Our priority always has been, and continues to be, the students of our fine institution. We are deeply concerned about the dramatic impact the proposed budget would have on our students, their families and even the services we are able to offer if the measure is approved as is by the legislature. Our mantra of “excellence in everything that we do” will not waver during this time of financial uncertainty. We remain committed to our core missions of providing quality education to our students at an affordable cost and to creating opportunities that will ensure their success, both in their careers and in their lives.

The leadership of PASSHE historically has accepted the challenge of being responsible stewards of public funds. As Chancellor John Cavanaugh said, “While the System cannot address the impact of the proposed budget cuts only by reducing our costs, we will build on our successful record of $200 million in cost reduction during the past decade. Those efforts were key to our ability to hold annual tuition increases below the rate of inflation in four of the last six years.”

System decisions will be guided by the four major strategic initiatives recently endorsed by the Board of Governors, all of which are focused on student success and measured by:

·         The quality of education we deliver;

·         The creation of the best learning environments, which includes the appropriate use of technology to expand and enhance student learning;

·         Generating sufficient resources to support our universities; and

·         Working in partnership with our communities and the Commonwealth to help create and sustain a strong economy.

It is important to note that the Governor’s budget proposal is only the first step in the appropriation process, and that PASSHE will continue to press its case for support with the General Assembly and the Governor over the next several weeks. In early April, representatives from Edinboro University will be travelling to Harrisburg to meet with legislators and to reinforce the importance of funding higher education in Pennsylvania at levels that continue to make college affordable for Commonwealth taxpayers.

We will continue to keep the campus community updated on budget developments. Meanwhile, what can you do to help assure continued appropriate levels of state funding? Communicate to your legislators the value and importance of not only Edinboro University, but all 14 PASSHE institutions. The institutions, the leaders we graduate, and the myriad jobs filled are essential to the economic health and viability of Pennsylvania.

Regards,

 Jeremy D. Brown